There’s something so special about marrying your high school sweetheart. Finding love so early in life, sticking together through the ups and downs of maturing into adults, and growing closer together in the process… Sarah and Matt did just that.
I should mention that Sarah is my younger cousin. Like I said in her bridal portrait post here, it was surreal to think that she was getting married because I feel like she just turned 12-years-old not so long ago! But the young girl I remember playing with at family gatherings, smiling and cheerful and ready for fun, is the same girl Matt fell in love with in high school. Now, all these years later, Sarah and Matt have a wonderful relationship built on a strong foundation of friendship. It was such an honor to share this special day with my family, being so involved and capturing this next chapter in their lives, and most importantly, seeing my cousin so incredibly happy. Sarah and Matt, congratulations and much love to you both!!
While discussing their decor, it was decided to display their parents’ wedding photos with the guestbook. Coincedentally, they each had the same photo to use!
As her something borrowed, Sarah’s sister-in-law gave her their late mother’s ring to wear and her maternal grandparents’ wedding bands were also tied around her bouquet. I love when family heirlooms and special moments like that are included, so you know I got teary-eyed with both of these exchanges.
I recently started to change up my timeline and rather than shooting the entire recessional following the wedding party out the door, I decided to stick with the bride and groom. Capturing their first kiss outside, the smiles and excitement of their first steps as husband and wife, and the following emotions coming from everyone else coming out of the ceremony. If I stayed inside to photograph the wedding party coming back down the aisle, I would have missed these following moments.
All of Sarah’s paternal side of the family (my relatives), including me! Thanks to Kim, the owner of Ryan Nicholas, for pushing the shutter button for me!
That’s my Momma and Daddy…I literally had tears streaming down my face when I took this.
My sister and brother-in-law…love them.